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  • Paul Allen was major part of sports landscape in Northwest

    No one had more influence on professional sports in the Pacific Northwest than Paul Allen. But though he was the owner of the NFL's Seattle Seahawks and the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers and partial owner of Major League Soccer's Seattle Sounders, Allen usually shied away from the spotlight...

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  • England hands Spain its first home loss in 15 years

    It was an odd scene at Benito Villamarin Stadium in Seville: The few visiting English fans chanted "Olé" while the home Spanish crowd jeered its players. It was only halftime n Monday and the Spaniards already had seen their national team concede three goals for the first time in a competitive match at home. By match's end, they were witnesses to La Roja's first home loss in 15 years. Raheem Sterling scored twice and Marcus Rashford once in a stunning first half for England, which held off...

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  • Krzyzewsi, Duke reload with another strong freshman class

    One star-studded freshman class has left Duke for the NBA. Another has come in right behind them. A national title once again is a realistic goal for the latest crop of blue-chip Blue Devils who seem to fit into neatly defined roles. Tre Jones looks capable of running the show...

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  • NBA Preview: It's the Warriors, and then everyone else

    NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will be at Oracle Arena on Tuesday night, handing the Golden State Warriors what will be their third set of championship rings from the last four seasons. A banner will be displayed. Highlights will be shown. And then the Warriors will have to start all over...

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  • Warriors are ‘leaving the building, not the community’

    It is the NBA’s oldest arena, in many ways a relic from some other time. As the modern-day landscape trends toward aesthetics and downtown locations, Oracle Arena is bordered by a freeway, expansive parking lots and the concrete-dull Oakland Coliseum, with the grim spectacle of graffiti-laden industrial structures in the distance. And it is paradise. The world’s greatest basketball is played here. With the 2018-19 season at hand, the Warriors are more than clear-cut favorites to win that third...

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  • Warriors have always had a deep connection with their Oakland fans

    The Warriors have taken great pride in reaching out to the community over the years. One afternoon in 1978, at Marine World/Africa USA in Redwood City, you could take that literally. A long reach was needed when one of the park’s show dolphins, by the name of Dr. Spock, swallowed a large metal bolt that had fallen off a pipe. The park’s on-hand veterinarian tried putting his hand down the dolphin’s throat, but no luck, and there were fears that some type of surgery would be required. In a stroke...

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  • When the Warriors took root in Oakland

    Franklin Mieuli was delightful company and a noted eccentric, unfamiliar with formal attire and known to occasionally appear in disguise. Mieuli was the Warriors’ owner when they moved from Philadelphia to San Francisco in 1962, and he tended to go missing at times. “Where’s Franklin?” people would ask, and he could have been anywhere: hanging out with Italian fishermen in Santa Cruz, visiting the family nursery in San Jose, off to the wilderness on a motorcycle jaunt, hiding out in the...

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  • This is what LeBron calls the ‘greatest achievement’ of his career. It came with Heat

    From spending his first seven seasons in the league with the Cleveland Cavaliers to winning two NBA championships with the Miami Heat and then returning to Cleveland to win another title, LeBron James has experienced and achieved a lot.

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  • Riley Curry's dance moves go viral at Warriors' last preseason game

    You know that it's time for the NBA season to start when Riley Curry starts upstaging Steph Curry's on-court performances with her performances off the court. The younger Curry, who became an NBA legend for taking over her father's post-game press conferences during the 2015 NBA Finals, went viral after TNT put her dance moves on display at the Golden State Warriors' final 2018 preseason game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

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  • With LeBron gone, Eastern Conference set for a new champion

    The roadblock has been removed. With LeBron James gone, the path to the NBA Finals from the Eastern Conference is open again. Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto and more are hoping to win the race to it. James ruled over the East for eight years, making four straight trips to the finals from...

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  • No surprise, the West title still runs through the Warriors

    Golden State coach Steve Kerr is a happy man these days. He's got a new contract. He's got his son Nick, who was helping out in San Antonio, working in the Warriors' video room now. He's leading a team that has won three of the last four NBA championships and is the overwhelming favorite to...

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  • In first game against LeBron James’ Lakers, Warriors look the part of rivals

    LAS VEGAS — After fouling out midway through the third quarter Wednesday night, Kevin Durant pulled on his Warriors warm-up and sat along the baseline. It was there that the Lakers could best hear his heckling. In a no-stakes game, Durant seemingly had just as much emotion as he would in the playoffs. It was further evidence that, though players might refute the notion that Warriors-Lakers is a budding rivalry, this meeting has a bit more juice than a typical matchup. With less than a week...

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  • Tex Winter, innovative basketball coach, dead at 96

    Tex Winter, the innovative "Triangle Offense" pioneer who assisted Phil Jackson on NBA championship teams with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, has died. He was 96. Winter's family said he died Wednesday in Manhattan, where he began his coaching career at Kansas State in 1947 and...

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  • LeBron, Lonzo take the floor together for first time

    LeBron James watched Lonzo Ball play in Las Vegas during the 2017 NBA Summer League, taking in a Los Angeles Lakers' game from a baseline seat as a spectator. He was getting a better view Wednesday. James and Ball were in the starting lineup of a game together for the first time, set to...

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  • Oklahoma City's Adams among big men reviving center position

    Steven Adams is invaluable to the Oklahoma City Thunder. He's also a reminder: Big men in the NBA are still vital. The imposing 7-foot center from New Zealand is helping change the recent narrative that NBA centers are an endangered species, something that — based on spending and...

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  • Brandt Snedeker hopes good vibes from 59 carry into new season

    Seven weeks later, Brandt Snedeker still hears it everywhere he goes: "Great 59!" Is there really a bad 59? Snedeker joined an exclusive club Aug. 16, when he shot golf's magic number - yep, 59 - in the first round of the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C. He won the tournament by three strokes, his first PGA Tour victory in more than 2½ years. Now, as he prepares for this week's Safeway Open in Napa, Snedeker hopes he can resurrect those good vibes. He's also enjoying the aftermath of...

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  • As training camps open, here's 10 NBA stories worth noting

    Training camps for most NBA teams open Tuesday, and with the season fast approaching, here's 10 items of note as the league heads into the 2018-19 campaign: ——— JIMMY BUTLER As media days were ending Monday, Jimmy Butler was still with the Minnesota Timberwolves....

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  • LeBron James, other big names loom large in media days around the NBA

    Media day - the day when most of the league's 30 teams have players and coaches answer questions about the coming season - was Monday around the NBA. The 28 teams with media days Monday open training camp Tuesday. Among highlights from around the league: •LeBron James says the Lakers can have success this season without winning a championship. James made his first significant public appearance since joining the Lakers with a 13-minute news conference in El Segundo. The forward acknowledged...

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  • Kawhi Leonard says he is ready to go after quadriceps injury

    Kawhi Leonard spoke publicly in his first appearance as a Toronto Raptor and said he is physically ready to play. Leonard joined the Raptors in a summertime blockbuster trade with the San Antonio Spurs. How long he stays in Toronto is unclear but the former NBA Finals MVP and two-time...

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  • 'He has more to give': Wade's last dance with Heat begins

    Dwyane Wade doesn't know how this whole notion of his final season being called "The Last Dance" even started. Fun fact: He can't dance. But the three-time champion and 12-time All-Star can still play, and the Miami Heat are hoping — and expecting — Wade to still be extremely valuable...

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